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Date Updated: Monday, December 16, 2019

Good Samaritan Hospital’s Girls' Night Out Raises Nearly $55,000 to Support Local Access to Advanced Breast Health

Suffern, New York – Approximately 500 women came together at the annual Girls’ Night Out event in support of the Center for Breast Health at Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).

The event, held at the Hilton Pearl River, included a fashion show featuring models who are patients at the Center for Breast Health, as well as a shopping suite, dinner, raffles and more. Dr. Karen Karsif, MD, Medical Director of the Center for Breast Health, shared important health information with the crowd about how to keep themselves and their loved ones healthy.

“Girls’ Night Out celebrates our community, raises important funds for the Center for Breast Health, provides essential breast health education and is an all-around great night for everyone who attends,” said Dr. Karsif.

Close to $55,000 was raised and the proceeds will help the hospital further invest in state-of-the-art facilities and innovative services for breast cancer patients.

New Technologies Improve Breast Cancer Treatment Options

The Center for Breast Health at Good Samaritan Hospital provides women from Rockland and Orange Counties and nearby areas expert care, from initial consultation through diagnosis and aftercare. The Center offers advanced screening and diagnostic tools including: 3D mammography, a High-Risk Breast Cancer Screening Program and genetic counseling. The Center provides advanced surgical techniques including the use of the MarginProbe® technology, which uses electromagnetic waves to detect lingering cancer cells during breast surgery and AirXpanders AeroForm®, which prepares patients for reconstructive surgery after breast cancer more quickly and with less pain.

Advanced Treatment for Breast Cancer Throughout the Hudson Valley

Patients can benefit from the leading-edge care offered across WMCHealth. St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick recently introduced 3D mammograph, and diagnostic mammography and minimally invasive breast surgery are available at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie and HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston, NY, all members of WMCHealth. Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of WMCHealth, provides state-of-the-art care including 3D mammography, interventional and surgical oncology and access to clinical trials.

All of the programs provide patient navigators who ensure personalized coordinated care, while offering education, guidance and support.

For more information about the Center for Breast Health or to make an appointment with a physician, please call (845) 357-7462 or visit GoodSamHosp.org/breastcenter.

To make a donation to the Good Samaritan Center for Breast Health or to see how you can help support local healthcare, contact the Good Samaritan Foundation at (845) 368-5151 or visit www.BSCHSF.org/GoodSam/.

From left, Kirby Zummo, Practice Administrator; Karen Karsif, MD, FACS, Director of The Center For Breast Health; Ida Ramos-Bendayan, RN, MSN, Clinical Navigator; Cynthia Del Valle, Screening Patient Navigator; and Ana Paisley, Patient Navigator.